In 2015 the 5 acres of Bocombe Mill Cottage Garden will, for the tenth year, be open exclusively for the benefit of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). All of the money from our Admission Charges and sales of Homemade Teas go directly to the NGS, which supports charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and many more. Our open days are:
The whole Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, that’s Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May. From 12 noon to 5pm.
Plus, in June, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th at the same times
If you're a group of 10 or more you can make an appointment for visits with guided tours from the beginning of March until the end of September.
The enormous caterpillars of the Elephant Hawk-moth measure around 90mm (3.5in) in length and are seen from July to September. We disturbed this one near our greenhouse in rough grass. In the garden they’re usually found on Fuchsia, or in the wild on Rose Bay Willow Herb and Bedstraw.
The Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor) adult is a medium-sized hawk-moth, mainly golden-olive with bright pink bars on the wings and body. It’s commonly found in parks and gardens, as well as woodland edges, rough grassland and sand dunes.